Self Execution

Hello all! I’m back from one of most amazing holidays ever. I had a very creative and most inspiring time I could have asked for. Meeting and working with fantastic models and fellow photographer with whom I spent six days talking, sharing and learning each others experience and developing new ideas. Of course I had taken an opportunity and also modeled for her and for myself where the result you can see in this post. We were living in the country site in the southern part of Poland near Krakow, getting spoiled with amazing sunsets and absolutely stunning area.

For this photograph I used a tripod, my nikon D800 with 50mm lens on it at F2. Magda also assisted me with tightening my hands behind and pulling it up with another rope. I also used her amazing wardrobe so I could turn into shady character with a gun.  I can’t tell more how happy it was to be able to create so much work in such a short period and can’t wait to start processing them. For now enjoy this piece, stay tuned for more and I hope to spoil you even more in the near future. Much love ❤

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Excitement

I have got a great news to share. This Wednesday I am going away to Krakow in Poland where I’ll be seeing my friend Magda, also photographer, and creating  loads of new work together. Models all booked! Im so excited already and can’t wait to be there. It’s gonna be almost a whole week of shooting in an amazing location and maybe will manage to do some work in Krakow too. 🙂 Camera and lenses cleaned and already packed! The weather seems very promising. Magda’s work have been used for book covers all over the world now, she is a very talented and creative photographer where I believe will find loads of inspiration for myself. You can visit her FB page here and see what she does!  Photo below was taken some time ago where I had a pleasure to work with amazing model Klaudia who will visit us there and will be honored to work with here again !!!! 😀

It’s gonna be wonderful. May the light be with us!

Creative

How many times have you heard that photographers only have to push the button? Too often!!! And sometimes this actually happen, and it is amazing feeling when the model does the whole job for me so I can only focus on composing photo, introducing new ideas and just shoot. However most of the times this isn’t the case and as a photographer I also have to work as a model and show every detail about posing to the person in the front of the camera. Which is fine, as we can learn new lessons and improve on how to work with models with no experience for the future shoots. Sometimes it goes swiftly and sometimes it goes very slowly. And at the end of the shoot you feel really tired 🙂  Yes, that is the truth about working with models in general, and funny about that is that the credits will go to the model how great job she did! Really? Anyway, don’t want to rant or anything like it here right now as this isn’t the point, but the point is I just wanted to share with you of what really happens, in most cases during the photo-shoots. That to create a decent piece, the photographer has to do a double job. And when you eventually get to work with a very a model that knows and have the feeling about it, the job gets sooooo easy and everything is just coming up itself, and you enjoy every moment of it and the face just draw the smile throughout the whole process while working on the photos. Well my face does that 🙂

The photos below came out very spontaneously and Elva did an amazing job, all credits go to her!!!  I really just pressed the button.

For these photographs I used my Nikon D800 and 85mm F1.4 lens at F2 and ISO640, I added two texture layers to create more drama and as a filter I used two actions from Alien Skin collection. The series of 3

Hear no evil…

 

…see no evil…

… speak no evil…

Model: Elva Trill

Window light

Last Wednesday I had an opportunity and honor working with amazing actress / singer Elva Trill. Once she mentioned she is an actress I was sure we would get cool photos and she delivered 100% 🙂 . The weather didn’t let us working outdoors so the plan was to try out and do our best in my small bedroom. The set is very simple here. The window and a set of foam boards. So far I only managed to finish a few shots and will post them all on my FB page and Instagram (_photobypawelp) in a short future, so please find me there if you wish to see them all.  For this shoot I used my Nikon D800 and 85mm for tighter crop and 50mm lenses to fit in a bit more into the frame. My room gives me only as much space and I love it for the sake of light quality. Elva was absolutely amazing and it was a pure pleasure working with such an enthusiastic, open minded and creative soul  🙂 ❤

Model: Elva Trill

 

 

 

Two evenings 

The same location two evenings, two attempts and two different results… Again Irish weather showed me unreliability. Shooting with natural light and getting it the way I want it to, is almost like taking landscape photography where you go to the same place number of times and every time you get different results and you want to go back there again as mother nature doesn’t want to cooperate 😀 However, this is the challenge I need to deal with on every shoot.  I guess working with artificial light could be more controllable but working alone and dragging all the gear is quite hard to imagine… How do you appreciate shooting outdoors with natural light? Is it as challenging as it is for me? Do you find it hard to work with sometimes?

Again for both photos I used the same gear Nikon D800 and 85mm F1.4 lens at f2 with only difference of where shooting Alinas running I used continues auto focus.

 

Holly

Yesterday I had a pleasure to be working with little Holly. Beautiful light just fulfilled our simple location creating nice back-light. Thanks to her mum who helped me with the reflector it made my life a bit easier with post processing, although there is not much in it anyway. Love it when all pieces come in together so peacefully… Thanks to my Alina in last years I learned a lot on how to work with kids similar age to her. Nevertheless, it’s still very challenging from time to time. Admire photographers who work with children on daily basis. Real heroes to me, and on the other hand the more you do it the more experience you get, the better trick you know 🙂  Holly was amazing and it was just a pleasure. ❤

For this shoot I used my Nikon D800 and 85mm F1.4 lens at F2, ISO 100, and the shutter speed accordingly with the light conditions.

If you’d like to know more about this shoot, just ask me in the comment. For more work you can follow me on my FB Page Pawel Pentlinowski Photography or instagram @_photobypawelp

 

 

The Burn

Once I knew I had a free afternoon this Saturday I wanted to do a shoot but I had no model and organizing one on short notice is quite challenging. I texted Lorna and luckily she was free. Yesterday morning and I saw a smoke coming from behind a local hill. This was it! I wanted to go there. There was still plenty of time ahead and I hoped there will be still some smoke left by the time we got there. Later I heard on the radio the is fire brigade trying to keep it down. Didn’t worry too much as the gorse once on fire can smoke for days after, and only rain could spoil my idea 🙂 No rain though !!!!

Once we got there the plan was pretty straight forward. Wait for the sun to go behind the clouds and shoot. For this kind of shoot I usually use 85mm 1.4 lens, set at F2 ISO as low as I could and shutter speed accordingly. Exposed for the brightest part in the frame, and in this shoot there be the dress and the sky. The smoke made the scenery very soft and misty making it challenging for the camera to get focus from time to time. Here is the outcome, more photos will be published on FB page Pawel Pentlinowski Photography and Instagram  @ _photobypawelp